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Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 13th, 2012, 12:32 AM
We have just published an interesting and detailed interview on operatic education, with Dr. Marilyn Taylor, Chair of the Voice Department at the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (and also a member of Opera Lively), and her student Mr. Richard Ollarsaba, a promising young bass.

Read it here:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/274-Operatic-Education-an-interview-with-an-educator-and-a-student

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 13th, 2012, 06:44 PM
There is another new interview today, with Erick Mitchko, the general director of the North Carolina Opera.

Read it here:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/277-Interview-with-the-Director-of-a-Regional-Opera-Company-Eric-Mitchko-from-NC-Opera

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 16th, 2012, 03:52 AM
1 hour and 10 minutes before the end of the planned grand opening day, Anna Netrebko came true for us.
Her interview is in. It's short, folks. Really short.
But hey, it's genuinely exclusive, just for Opera Lively, and I'm thrilled anyway! After all, it's Anna La Bellissima!

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/264-Interview-Anna-Netrebko

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 17th, 2012, 12:22 AM
There is a new interview on the Home page with the young and attractive cast for NC Opera's upcoming production of Philip Glass' opera Les Enfants Terribles. These four singers gave us very interesting answers - the article is long because it contains four interviews, but I find it all very interesting, read it!

Clicky:

Les Enfants Terribles (http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/281-Inteview-with-the-cast-of-NC-Opera-s-Les-Enfants-Terribles)

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
February 1st, 2012, 02:59 AM
And here is my other interviewee


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UNOLx1B5YQ


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8r_KHu3skk&feature=related

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
February 8th, 2012, 04:37 AM
This article on the Home page contains an interview with young and promising soprano Karin Schwecke.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/324-Generation-Z-Opera-The-Merry-Wives-at-the-Fletcher

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
February 22nd, 2012, 02:10 AM
This article contains an interview with Maestro James Allbritten, artistic director and principal conductor of Piedmont Opera:

Clicky (http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/342-James-Allbritten-Artistic-Director-Piedmont-Opera)

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
February 26th, 2012, 10:22 PM
We have two new and exciting interviews on the Home page, Section Widget, under Exclusive Interviews (or you can click on their names below and you'll be taken to the interviews):

Extraordinary American opera composer (who also composed symphonies, chamber music, etc) Robert Ward (http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/346-robert-ward), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his admired opera The Crucible, a delightful gentleman

Young tenor René Barbera (http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/356-Exclusive-Interview-with-Operalia-winner-Ren%E9-Barbera) who won both teh Met Council National Auditions and the prestigious international Operalia competition organized by Plácido Domingo.

Don't miss these very interesting interviews!

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 2nd, 2012, 04:28 AM
There is an interview with maestro James Meena addressing Eugene Onegin, and the accomplishments and struggles of a regional opera company. It's been placed for now together with the Eugene Onegin articles, for convenience. Later it will be moved to the Interviews section. For now, see it here:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/360-Interview-with-Maestro-James-Meena

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 3rd, 2012, 04:02 AM
Russian soprano Dina Kuznetsova granted us a delightful interview, read it here:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/362-Interview-with-Dina-Kuznetsova

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 3rd, 2012, 10:13 PM
Another new interview is up, with Armenian tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan (don't miss his terrific Lensky's aria which is included as an YouTube in the interview):

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/363-Interview-with-Armenian-tenor-Yeghishe-Manucharyan

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 4th, 2012, 04:00 AM
We have published an interview with American mezzo-soprano Dawn Pierce.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/364-Interview-with-American-mezzo-Dawn-Pierce

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 10th, 2012, 12:05 AM
New interview with Russian baritone Vasily Ludyuk:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/366-Interview-with-Russian-baritone-Vasily-Ladyuk

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 20th, 2012, 03:22 AM
New interview with American mezzo-soprano Janine Hawley:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/380-Interview-with-American-mezzo-Janine-Hawley

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 2nd, 2012, 07:30 PM
I spent today 56 minutes interviewing Mr. Thomas Hampson for Opera Lively. His answers are quite interesting, and he demonstrates keen intelligence and profound knowledge of the art form.

In the next few days I'll be transcribing the material and submitting a draft for his appreciation and revision, then we'll have it published on the Home page. It may take a few days, but it is coming.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 5th, 2012, 12:31 AM
The Thomas Hampson inteview: Transcription is ready and has been sent to him. I have no idea of the timeline for him to send it back with corrections. Meanwhile, we have a teaser already on the home page:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/401-Exclusive-Interview-with-Thomas-Hampson

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 15th, 2012, 04:36 AM
The interview with Thomas Hampson is now complete and has been published in its entirety.

Link: http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/401-Exclusive-Interview-with-Thomas-Hampson

Ann Lander (sospiro)
April 15th, 2012, 07:12 AM
The interview with Thomas Hampson is now complete and has been published in its entirety.

Link: http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/401-Exclusive-Interview-with-Thomas-Hampson

Fantastic. Once again, many congratulations to Almaviva.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 16th, 2012, 12:03 AM
A very endearing and casual exclusively Opera Lively interview with Matthew Polenzani is now on the home page:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/407-Exclusive-Interview-with-American-tenor-Matthew-Polenzani

Ann Lander (sospiro)
April 17th, 2012, 04:42 PM
A very endearing and casual exclusively Opera Lively interview with Matthew Polenzani is now on the home page:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/407-Exclusive-Interview-with-American-tenor-Matthew-Polenzani

I read this today at work (in my lunch hour ;)) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Interesting and insightful questions which brought forth some fascinating answers.


(there are a few typos - I'd be happy to proof read any future interviews)

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 17th, 2012, 04:57 PM
can you list the typos for me? I'll correct them.

Ann Lander (sospiro)
April 17th, 2012, 05:17 PM
can you list the typos for me? I'll correct them.

That would be a bit complicated. To read it at work I put it in a Word document, so I'll send the corrected version to you as an email attachment.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 17th, 2012, 10:44 PM
got it. Oh wow, I don't know how so many typos slipped by. Probably because I finished typing this at 3 AM. Thanks for the corrections. Will correct everything later tonight, I'm going to a ballet now.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 20th, 2012, 04:23 AM
New Opera Lively exclusive, face-to-face interview with great tenor Piotr Beczala:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/409-Exclusive-Interview-with-Piotr-Beczala

rgz
April 20th, 2012, 05:32 AM
I may have pushed the yellow a bit much in the first pic and don't like the way the forum software cropped the pic of Mr. Beczala and his wife (click the image to see the proper framing) but those are nitpicks of my own work; the interview is fantastic and just as enjoyable to read as it was to participate in. Looking forward to interviewing Mr. Beczala again next year, should we find ourselves in New York in Jan / Feb when he is singing in Rigoletto.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 20th, 2012, 06:30 AM
I think I can fix the framing, just by decreasing the size of the picture and reposting.

Yep, fixed the problem with the wife's picture, and also cropped the head shot to eliminate the unfocused hand. Better now.

Aramis
April 20th, 2012, 10:36 AM
Two typos I see: Moniu(s missing)zko and The(y missing) ask me to.

I like the Wieslaw Ochman [Editor’s note: Polish tenor] part but I think similiar thing is missing in title of 2nd part of interview - should be WORKING WITH ANNA NETREBKO [EDITOR'S NOTE: RUSSIAN SOPRANO].

Nice interview all in all, I liked very much what he said about certain things and now I'm very grateful for opportunity to contribute to the whole thing.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 20th, 2012, 11:54 AM
OK, I'll take out Polish Tenor, and oops, I forgot to credit you with authoring questions, and will correct it too.

Moniuszko has been corrected but I can't find the other typo in They ask me to, what paragraph and line?

Aramis
April 20th, 2012, 12:20 PM
I can't find the other typo in They ask me to, what paragraph and line?


Question: OL - Don’t you think that such ease in starting careers abroad and reaching (...)

Second part of the answer: The do ask me to sing in Warsaw, of course (...)

Just above the photo with him and his wife together (4th from the top).

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 20th, 2012, 09:47 PM
Thanks, I think all the typos have been fixed.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 20th, 2012, 09:48 PM
New interview in our Home page, with Polish-Brazilian baritone Paulo Szot, currently in Manon alongside Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala at the Met.

This first part of the interview is in English. In the near future the second part, in Portuguese, will appear in our International area, with different content.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/411-Exclusive-Interview-with-Paulo-Szot

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 21st, 2012, 10:33 PM
New interview with American mezzo Robynne Redmon about her role in Il Trovatore at NC Opera (some interesting takes on the singing and on certain elements of the plot):

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/416-Interview-with-Mezzo-Robynne-Redmon

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 22nd, 2012, 03:13 AM
New exclusive interview with up and coming American baritone Liam Bonner on his participation as di Luna in North Carolina Opera's Il Trovatore. He also talked extensively about his role in new contemporary Pulitzer Prize-winning American opera Silent Night. A very interesting (and at times, funny) interview. Not to be missed!

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/417-Exclusive-Interview-with-American-baritone-Liam-Bonner

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 25th, 2012, 12:43 AM
New interview with bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba, singing Ferrando for our partner NC Opera's Il Trovatore:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/422-Exclusive-Interview-with-bass-baritone-Richard-Ollarsaba

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 27th, 2012, 04:14 AM
New interview with American soprano Leah Crocetto who is being hailed as the next great Verdian soprano. She was the winner of the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Very smart and heartfelt answers.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/421-Exclusive-Interview-with-Leah-Crocetto-2010-National-Council-Auditions-winner

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
May 13th, 2012, 01:22 AM
This is not exactly an interview since the questions did not come from Opera Lively, but it reads as one. It's a conversation with four legendary African-American opera singers of the past, including Leona Mitchell (who has appeared in Metropolitan Opera productions preserved on DVD alongside Domingo, Pavarotti, and Carreras and sung at the Met for 18 seasons), George Shirley (the first African-American tenor who sung leading roles at the Met, with a career spanning 53 years), Martha Flowers, a noted performer of the role of Bess all over Europe, South America, and Asia, including La Scala, and Hilda Harris, mezzo-soprano who sang several pant roles at the Met. Almaviva recorded and transcribed the conversation.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/488-A-Conversation-with-Legendary-Southern-Opera-Divas

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
May 24th, 2012, 08:28 PM
The new interview with opera stage director Thaddeus Strassberger is extremely interesting, in my opinion. It is very long but very rich in information about the ins and outs of the opera producing business, as well as great insights about Regietheater, updating of operas, how to stage Verdi, etc. I believe that Mr. Strassberger is a brilliant man. Don't miss this one, folks! It is great!

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/514-Exclusive-Interview-with-Thaddeus-Strassberger-stage-director

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
June 1st, 2012, 10:43 PM
We got a new and exclusive interview with Joyce DiDonato on our Home page (Articles tab). Not to be missed, her answers are great. Link:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/522-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Joyce-DiDonato

Aramis
June 1st, 2012, 10:44 PM
We got a new and exclusive interview with Joyce DiDonato on our Home page (Articles tab). Not to be missed, her answers are great. Link:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/522-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Joyce-DiDonato

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Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
June 1st, 2012, 10:52 PM
Try now. I was still working on it.

Aksel
June 1st, 2012, 10:52 PM
What Aramis said.

Aramis
June 1st, 2012, 11:04 PM
Try now.

Still.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
June 1st, 2012, 11:14 PM
Whaat? Very strange. Please log off, log in again, and try again, see if you still get the error message and let me know. Thanks.

Aksel
June 1st, 2012, 11:17 PM
Whaat? Very strange. Please log off, log in again, and try again, see if you still get the error message and let me know. Thanks.

Still.

Aramis
June 1st, 2012, 11:28 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3DJhwAhrjY

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
June 1st, 2012, 11:32 PM
I think I figured out what was wrong.
Try now.

Aksel
June 1st, 2012, 11:32 PM
ReJoyce! It works!

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
June 22nd, 2012, 05:04 PM
New interview on the Home page with charming South African soprano Amanda Echalaz, who has been a hit in London lately.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/539-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Amanda-Echalaz

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
June 23rd, 2012, 12:19 AM
We have the first part of Vivica Genaux's exclusive interview with Opera Lively (5 questions) up on the Front page, more to come:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/541-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-mezzo-Vivica-Genaux

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
June 25th, 2012, 03:01 AM
Dr. Philip Gossett's full interview is ready and has been published in its entirety (no longer just a teaser).

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/535-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Italian-Opera-scholar-Dr-Philip-Gossett

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
July 3rd, 2012, 08:38 PM
There is a second interview with talented young soprano Leah Crocetto, about to perform in Rossini's Maometto II at Santa Fe Opera (a historical performance, since it is the world premiere of the new critical edition)

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/543-Second-OL-exclusive-interview-with-Leah-Crocetto-now-about-Maometto-II

COMING SOON (completed, being transcribed): Exclusive Opera Lively interview with Danielle de Niese.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
July 4th, 2012, 11:23 PM
We have a new interview on the home page, freshly transcribed today: Czech contralto Jana Sýkorová:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/545-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-interview-with-Czech-contralto-Jana-Sykorova

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
July 9th, 2012, 12:25 PM
OK, folks, the much anticipated Opera Lively exclusive interview with Danielle de Niese is up!

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/549-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Danielle-de-Niese

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
July 10th, 2012, 07:38 PM
We have a new interview on the Articles page (the former Home page), with contemporary Czech composer Martin Smolka. Those among us who like contemporary classical music and contemporary opera will love it. We focus on his opera Nagano,
which I've listened to, and vouch for it; it is terrific.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/531-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Contemporary-Composer-Martin-Smolka

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
July 11th, 2012, 06:27 PM
New exclusive interview with Anna Caterina Antonacci:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/557-Opera-Lively-Exclusive-Interview-with-Anna-Caterina-Antonacci

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
July 16th, 2012, 08:10 PM
Our long interview with Vivica Genaux has now been completed and is no longer just a teaser with five questions - it now has more than 50 questions, read up:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/541-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-mezzo-Vivica-Genaux

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
July 17th, 2012, 01:09 AM
OK, folks, we pulled all the stops on this one.
The new exclusive Opera Lively interview with brilliant bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni (arguably the best one in his generation) has been published, and is phenomenal.

Link:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/471-Opera-Lively-Exclusive-Interview-with-Luca-Pisaroni

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
July 22nd, 2012, 04:14 AM
It only gets better and better... now we have veteran Grande Dame Sylvia Sass on the front page.
It's a big honor for Opera Lively. Don't miss this one, folks!

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/569-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Sylvia-Sass

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
July 23rd, 2012, 04:04 AM
A new interview with young American tenor Bryan Hymel who has been encountering great success in Europe (Covent Garden, La Scala, ENO, DNO, Bayerische) is up on the Articles (Home) page - focusing on his recent run as Énée in the Royal Opera House's production of Les Troyens.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/570-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Bryan-Hymel

Maestro Frédéric Chaslin, chief conductor of the Santa Fe Opera and also an opera composer, has promised us a long interview (about 20 questions) but so far has delivered three answers, being as he is a very busy man. Given that there is no timeline for the remainder of the answers to arrive, we've decided to go ahead and publish the first three as a teaser (they are interesting).

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/564-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Maestro-Fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric-Chaslin

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
July 26th, 2012, 05:38 AM
Opera Lively has an extremely interesting exclusive interview with Maestro Leon Botstein, musical director of the American Symphony Orchestra and president of Bard Collete. We talked about this weekend's opening night of the Bard SummerScape co-production (with Wexford) of Chabrier's Le Roi Malgré Lui, but also about a variety of other operatic topics, such as his efforts to broaden the mainstream repertory, his views on Wagner music being performed in Israel, his opinion on HIP orchestras and Regietheater, etc. Not to be missed!!!
http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/574-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Maestro-Leon-Botstein

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
July 30th, 2012, 05:50 AM
Opera Lively has an exclusive interview with Deborah Voigt, now on the Articles (home) page:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/580-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Deborah-Voigt

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
August 3rd, 2012, 12:56 PM
We have a new exclusive interview with contemporary Czech opera composer Marko Ivanovic, focusing on his brilliant new opera Enchantia. It's a very interesting read.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/585-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Opera-Composer-Marko-Ivanovic

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
August 4th, 2012, 04:47 PM
We have a new interview with fascinating singer and stage director Yvonne Fontane. This one is lots of fun, not to be missed.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/587-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-mezzo-and-stage-director-Yvonne-Fontane

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
August 7th, 2012, 11:10 PM
I'm pleased to announce another great interview - I loved this one!!! Meet the very gifted Anthony Constanzo, current winner of the Operalia, past winner of the National Council Auditions, and coming out of his fabulous recent performances at the Met in Rodelinda and The Enchanted Island.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/590-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Anthony-Roth-Costanzo

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
August 25th, 2012, 12:48 AM
The interview with Maestro Frédéric Chaslin is now complete, with 24 questions rather than just the first 3 that we had published before.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/564-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Maestro-Fr%E9d%E9ric-Chaslin

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
September 5th, 2012, 10:18 AM
We have a second interview with Matthew Polenzani, this time about his role in L'Elisir d'Amore for the Met opening night, alongside Anna Netrebko.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/650-Matthew-Polenzani-and-L-Elisir-d-Amore-second-exclusive-interview

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
September 23rd, 2012, 07:43 PM
New interview with conductor James Meena about his upcoming Tosca:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/662-Exclusive-interview-with-Maestro-James-Meena-about-Tosca

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
September 27th, 2012, 05:29 AM
New and long in-person exclusive interview with Anna Netrebko is now on the Articles page:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/664-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-In-Person-Interview-with-Anna-Netrebko

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
October 4th, 2012, 02:01 AM
New exclusive interview with smashing young tenor Saimir Pirgu, who's been enormously successful, lately:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/670-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Saimir-Pirgu

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
October 6th, 2012, 12:34 PM
This is a long but very interesting interview with Jill Gardner, soprano, presently in Tosca at Opera Carolina:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/675-Exclusive-Interview-with-Jill-Gardner-title-role-in-Tosca-at-Opera-Carolina

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
October 7th, 2012, 07:30 PM
We have a new comprehensive clickable index on the Home page.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/676-OPERA-LIVELY%E2%80%99S-VARIED-CONTENT-%E2%80%93-EXPLORE-IT!-%E2%80%93-CLICKABLE-INDEX

Some members, I was told by them, were actually unaware of the fact that we don't just have a forum, but have extensive journalistic and educational content. This index demonstrates to our readers and members the full scope of our website.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
October 17th, 2012, 04:44 AM
For those who read French, we have a new exclusive interview with great video director François Roussillon, founder and owner of the excellent label FRA Musica.

PS - On hold for revision, check back in one week

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/686-Entretien-exclusif-avec-le-realisateur-video-Francois-Roussillon-de-FRA-Musica

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
October 18th, 2012, 06:56 AM
François Roussillon's interesting interview (see post above) is available in English:

PS - On hold for revision, check back in one week.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/687-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-interview-with-Francois-Roussillon-opera-video-director

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
October 24th, 2012, 03:37 AM
New interview in the Articles page: Erwin Schrott, bass-baritone; Anna Netrebko's husband.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/691-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Erwin-Schrott

His answers are very intelligent and interesting, not to be missed!

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
October 27th, 2012, 12:47 AM
New interview - Articles page - excellent Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov who is a regular at the Met and is performing the title role in Le Nozze di Figaro there right now, as I type this - will be the title role in Don Giovanni there as well next month.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/693-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Met-Bass-Ildar-Abdrazakov

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
November 12th, 2012, 05:37 PM
Our interview with FRA Musica owner, acclaimed operatic video director François Roussillon, is back. It had been retired at the interviewees' request - he wanted to revise it, then had to travel and took a while to send the revised text back to us. It's now in its definitive form in the French area. The translation into English will be forthcoming at some point this week, hopefully. For now, those among us who understand French can read this outstanding interview [here (http://operalively.com/forums/showthread.php/1273-Entretien-exclusif-avec-le-r%E9alisateur-vid%E9o-Fran%E7ois-Roussillon-de-FRA-Musica?p=19727#post19727)].

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
November 12th, 2012, 11:47 PM
Now the interview with François Roussillon mentioned above has been also published in English:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/687-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-interview-with-Francois-Roussillon-opera-video-director

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
November 29th, 2012, 06:55 PM
New exclusive Opera Lively interview with Maestro Daniele Gatti:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/711-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Maestro-Daniele-Gatti

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
November 29th, 2012, 09:55 PM
New (short) interview with Maestro Sir John Eliot Gardiner about period instruments:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/713-A-Short-Interview-with-Sir-John-Eliot-Gardiner-about-Period-Instruments

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 7th, 2013, 04:11 AM
New interview with emerging tenor Michael Spyres:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/739-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Tenor-Michael-Spyres

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 13th, 2013, 10:39 PM
This is an interesting interview with tenor Shawn Mathey, who is singing the role of Pamino for Opera Carolina.
It is placed in our local area for North Carolina, but the tenor voiced some compelling answers that gave to the interview some touches of general interest as well, so I'm announcing it here rather than just doing local diffusion.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/747-Exclusive-Interview-with-tenor-Shawn-Mathey-Tamino-at-Opera-Carolina

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 14th, 2013, 02:04 AM
As a matter of fact, this one is nice too, and also touches on topics of general interest: Kyle Pfortmiller, singing Papageno for Opera Carolina, and very insightful:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/748-Exclusive-Interview-with-Baritone-Kyle-Pfortmiller-Papageno-at-Opera-Carolina

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 19th, 2013, 06:03 PM
There is a new exclusive Opera Lively interview with tenor Jay Hunter Morris, Siegfried in the Met Ring. I really like this one.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/752-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Jay-Hunter-Morris

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 21st, 2013, 07:33 PM
There is a new, exclusive interview with mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop. While on one hand it is more of regional interest since it was done in the context of her upcoming concert at North Carolina Opera alongside Jay Hunter Morris, on the other hand Ms. Bishop is an intelligent, experienced singer with a career that has included many prestigious assignments, and she does touch on topics of general interest for opera lovers, so, even if you don't live at driving distance from this regional company, read it up:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/754-Exclusive-Interview-with-Elizabeth-Bishop-singing-Sieglinde-at-NC-Opera

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 25th, 2013, 09:33 PM
Another interview of regional interest for readers in North Carolina is available in our Local section: Peter Volpe, bass who will be singing Hunding in North Carolina Opera's upcoming Wagner concert. The singer did answer a question about the bass versus the tenor repertory in a very funny way, therefore the interview is worth reading even for those who aren't at driving distance of Raleigh, NC.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/757-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Peter-Volpe-singing-Hunding-for-NC-Opera

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
February 13th, 2013, 09:13 AM
Very interesting interview with contemporary opera and classical music composer Kevin Puts, who just won the Pulitzer Prize for Music with his first opera Silent Night:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/773-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Kevin-Puts-Pulitzer-Prize-winning-opera-composer

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
February 20th, 2013, 04:39 AM
Our exclusive in-person interview with Magdalena Kozená is being partially published. Part of the goal of publishing this is to diffuse her performance at one of our partner institutions and the show is tomorrow; the interview was done this afternoon, so, we won't have the time to transcribe everything, but we're publishing what we have, in order to promote the show. Stay tuned for the rest. Ms. Kozená is a charming, articulate interviewee who gave us some very interesting answers.

What is ready is less than half, but I'll keep working on it and will add more questions and answers as they are transcribed. Due to this rush, editing and proof-reading have not been done yet, so these fragments are not to be quoted elsewhere. This provisional publishing was discussed with the singer, who agreed with the method.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/778-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Magdalena-Kozena

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 9th, 2013, 07:01 AM
New exclusive interview:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/788-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Giuseppe-Filianoti

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 11th, 2013, 02:25 AM
In our Local Area - Accessible by clicking on the widget located on the top left of our Home page - Local --> United States --> North Carolina, we have placed some really interesting short interviews with several singers in the cast of Piedmont Opera's upcoming Barber.

One might think that reading about this production by a regional company - of an opera done over and over - is only of interest to the local public. Certainly it is *more* relevant to the locals, but these short interviews happen to be very articulate, insightful, and in some answers, truly fascinating. I think even people who are not at driving distance to Piedmont Opera's headquarters (in Winston-Salem, NC) will appreciate some of the answers, so, read them up!

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/789-The-Barber-of-Seville-at-Piedmont-Opera-Interviews-with-the-artists

Schigolch
March 11th, 2013, 09:59 PM
The interviews are good, indeed.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 18th, 2013, 02:01 AM
New Opera Lively exclusive in-person interview: gifted bel canto tenor Lawrence (Larry) Brownlee.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/793-The-Opera-Lively-Exclusive-Interview-with-Lawrence-Brownlee

This article is just the tip of the iceberg, because we have precisely nine times as much material from the Larry Brownlee events we've attended in Asheville, NC - including the full recording of a lecture he delivered, and more than two hours of masterclasses with four student singers. We'll be transcribing later this material, and summarizing his interesting statements during the masterclasses about operatic singing (these are very insightful and educational). We'll be adding as well to this relatively short exclusive interview, some answers to questions we had planned to ask but he fully addressed during his lecture; so in the interest of saving time given that the singer had to go for his scheduled rehearsal for a recital, we skipped in our exclusive interview the questions he had already answered through his lecture. Also, after his lecture, there was a Q&A session, and Opera Lively inserted there some more questions.

Therefore, this interview will grow in the near future, but it is already enjoyable as it is.

Once it gets supplemented, I'll announce here the added questions (will highlight them in a different color so readers will be able to just go back for those).

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 24th, 2013, 05:33 AM
Just a teaser - Opera Lively has conducted already a number of very interesting in-person interviews, which are still pending transcription.

These are: Frederica von Stade, Jessica Pratt (a stunning young Australian soprano whose career is developing very well in Europe), Diana Damrau, maestro Marco Armiliato, and Eva-Maria Westbroek. Stay tuned in the next few weeks to read these pieces.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 21st, 2013, 10:37 PM
New exclusive interview with Grande Dame of opera Ms. Frederica von Stade, a.k.a. "Flicka"

This long and compelling talk with the veteran singers with 40 years of career and 119 recordings is not to be missed, and is one of the best Opera Lively interviews to date.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/782-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Frederica-von-Stade

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
May 3rd, 2013, 07:45 PM
We have a new exclusive interview with Diana Damrau:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/819-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Diana-Damrau

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
May 5th, 2013, 09:33 PM
Very pleasant new exclusive Opera Lively interview with Maestro Marco Armiliato:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/823-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Maestro-Marco-Armiliato

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
May 15th, 2013, 06:20 PM
New exclusive Opera Lively interview with Eva-Maria Westbroek:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/837-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Eva-Maria-Westbroek

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
May 17th, 2013, 02:14 AM
New exclusive Opera Lively interview with Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin (quite interesting):

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/836-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Maestro-Yannick-Nezet-Seguin

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
May 17th, 2013, 10:41 AM
Oops, there was a problem with the permissions for our last two interviews so nobody was able to read them. It's been fixed. Please try again.

Eva-Maria Westbroek:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/837-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Eva-Maria-Westbroek

Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/836-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Maestro-Yannick-Nezet-Seguin

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
June 20th, 2013, 06:45 PM
We have a new interview on the Home page, with emerging soprano Jessica Pratt. I liked quite a lot what she had to say; it is courageous and unique. Don't miss this one.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/838-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Jessica-Pratt

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
June 21st, 2013, 11:17 AM
The permissions for Jessica's interview were mistakenly denying access; hopefully it's been fixed, please try again.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
June 29th, 2013, 09:49 PM
Today we got two new interviews on the home page.

Emerging, bright young soprano Lisette Oropesa:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/849-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Lisette-Oropesa

The engineer-in-charge at the Media Department of the Metropolitan Opera House talks about sound capture while broadcasting and recording opera:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/847-mark-schubin-media-engineer-at-the-met

tyroneslothrop
June 29th, 2013, 10:29 PM
The engineer-in-charge at the Media Department of the Metropolitan Opera House talks about sound capture while broadcasting and recording opera:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/847-mark-schubin-media-engineer-at-the-met

Wow! You turned that around quick! I thought it would be a few days hence!

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
June 30th, 2013, 07:02 PM
I can't figure out what is wrong with the permissions for Lisette Oropesa's interview.
The site is requiring registration to read the interview. The permissions are exactly the same as those for other interviews that are perfectly able to be read by guests. I tried everything I know to fix the problem and couldn't. The interview posted the same day with Mark is perfectly accessible and Lisette's isn't. I have submitted a ticket for tech support to figure out what is wrong with the article, and apologize to Lisette Oropesa's fans if they try to read it and are denied permission.

Edit - it's been fixed.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
July 1st, 2013, 11:06 PM
Oh boy, those among you who like Wagner will love the next interview. It's been transcribed, and Greer Grimsley who last sang Wotan at the Met in the latest Ring cycle, has a lot of interesting things to say about Wagner characters. I've sent it to the singer for review, so, hang on and you'll be treated to it.

tyroneslothrop
July 1st, 2013, 11:17 PM
Oh boy, those among you who like Wagner will love the next interview. I'm transcribing it, and Greer Grimsley who last sang Wotan at the Met in the latest Ring cycle, has a lot of interesting things to say about Wagner characters. I've only transcribed one fifth of it so far, and I've been very slow with these things lately, but hang on and you'll be treated to it.

Exciting! He was great!!! :)

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
July 7th, 2013, 09:33 PM
New Special Article on the Home page: the full exclusive Opera Lively report on a master class with the outstanding lyric tenor Lawrence Brownlee, followed by a brief Q&A session. For those who have never had the opportunity to attend a master class, the article can give you an idea about these events and the kind of advice that veteran singers are able to deliver to student singers. By reading this article, one does understand better the hard work involved in operatic singing.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/852-A-master-class-with-Lawrence-Brownlee

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
July 11th, 2013, 02:07 AM
OK, folks, finally! One of our best interviews to date, in my opinion, has been published, for the delight of our Wagnerians:

Bass-Baritone Greer Grimsley who has extensive experience singing Wagner, granted us a very nice interview. Read it here:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/851-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Wagnerian-Bass-Baritone-Greer-Grimsley

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
July 26th, 2013, 02:01 AM
Our 100th interview! And it's a good one for the occasion: outstanding contemporary classical music composer George Benjamin, who wrote the opera that is being considered as the masterpiece of the 21st century, Written on Skin:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/856-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-composer-George-Benjamin

I very much like this interview, not to be missed!

tyroneslothrop
July 26th, 2013, 02:15 AM
Our 100th interview! And it's a good one for the occasion: outstanding contemporary classical music composer George Benjamin, who wrote the opera that is being considered as the masterpiece of the 21st century, Written on Skin:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/856-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-composer-George-Benjamin

I very much like this interview, not to be missed!

Excellent interview! These are getting better! (Of course, the 21st century is only an eighth over ;))

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
July 29th, 2013, 08:07 AM
We got another very nice interview: Susan Graham. I had lots of fun with this one; she is a great lady, very friendly:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/859-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Susan-Graham

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
August 8th, 2013, 02:49 AM
We got a new interview with the gorgeous, multi-talented soprano (and conductor!) Barbara Hannigan who created the role of Agnès in Written on Skin. This amazing artist is highly recognized in Europe and Canada, and the American public should get acquainted with her as well! [Oh well, as far as New Zealand, she is also known, given that our own Soave_Fanciulla has always had her in great esteem]

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/863-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Barbara-Hannigan

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
August 16th, 2013, 05:07 AM
New Opera Lively interview with stage director Christian Räth who did King for a Day at Glimmerglass, and he also talks about Wagner and other topics:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/874-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-stage-director-Christian-R%C3%A4th

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
August 16th, 2013, 10:42 PM
Wagnerians, we have another interview that addresses extensively one of the Wagner roles, that of Senta, by soprano Melody Moore who sang her at Glimmerglass. Enjoy!

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/875-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-soprano-Melody-Moore

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
August 22nd, 2013, 01:40 AM
New exclusive OL interview with stage director and opera company administrator Francesca Zambello:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/876-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Francesca-Zambello

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
August 28th, 2013, 02:01 AM
New interview with charming young mezzo Ginger Costa-Jackson, who was the Marchesa del Poggio in Glimerglass' King for a Day:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/879-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Ginger-Costa-Jackson

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
September 1st, 2013, 12:16 AM
New interview with bass-baritone Ryan McKinny, The Dutchman in the recent Glimmerglass production.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/882-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Ryan-McKinny

Once you listen to the two included clips, you'll understand why you need to be following the career of this great young singer.

ATTENTION - By mistake, seven of the announcements above were figuring as moderated posts that could only be seen by staff members. Therefore, our regular members have missed the announcements of seven of our latest interviews. If you haven't read those interviews, check them out.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
September 8th, 2013, 02:21 AM
Another interesting Opera Livey interview with a young and intelligent singer who had many insightful comments - Paul Appleby:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/884-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Paul-Appleby

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
September 10th, 2013, 01:13 AM
New short interview with Tammy Coil, the mezzo in the US premiere of George Benjamin's masterpiece Written on Skin:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/889-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-short-Interview-with-Tammy-Coil-Marie-in-Written-on-Skin

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
October 26th, 2013, 02:53 PM
New interview with tenor Massimo Giordano:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/899-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Massimo-Giordano

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 18th, 2013, 02:59 AM
New exclusive Opera Lively interview with hugely talented operatic (and theatrical) stage director Laurent Pelly - this one is not to be missed!

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/905-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Laurent-Pelly

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 26th, 2013, 09:55 PM
New exclusive interview with tenor Victor Ryan Robertson who will be singing in Opera Carolina's Il Trittico - this interview does have general interest, beyond the local area:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/908-Exclusive-Interview-with-Victor-Ryan-Robertson-singing-Il-Trittico-for-Opera-Carolina

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 7th, 2014, 07:30 PM
New exclusive interview with Jill Gardner
Jill is a very interesting singer. I bet that once you read this, you will grow a bigger appreciation for Suor Angelica. Good stuff, not to be missed!

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/911-Exclusive-Interview-with-Jill-Gardner-singing-two-Trittico-roles-for-Opera-Carolina

Amfortas
January 7th, 2014, 07:31 PM
I bet that once you read this, you will grow a bigger appreciation for Suor Angelica.

I bet I won't. ;)

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 8th, 2014, 02:08 AM
I bet I won't. ;)

Hey, Jill reads Opera Lively! She might misunderstand your statement, not knowing the insider joke. :ohmy:

@ Jill, our dear Amfortas is a big fan of Suor Angelica, that's why he can't "grow a bigger appreciation" because he already appreciates it immensely.

PS - The link above contained just Part I of the interview. I finished Part II and actually decided to merge the two and present the full interview, so, the link has changed. If you clicked on it to read Part I, click again to read the full thing.

Amfortas
January 8th, 2014, 04:43 AM
@ Jill, our dear Amfortas is a big fan of Suor Angelica, that's why he can't "grow a bigger appreciation" because he already appreciates it immensely.

Suor Angelica is going to have my baby.

Oh wait--she already did. And look how *that* worked out! :(

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 11th, 2014, 02:48 PM
New exclusive interview with maestro Myron Michailidis, Artistic Director of the Greek National Opera. By clicking on this article you will also learn about the history of opera in Greece, and various details about the company's programs.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/914-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Maestro-Myron-Michailidis-from-the-Greek-National-Opera

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 21st, 2014, 02:14 AM
This is not an interview, and is very belated (I had this material on the Digital Voice Recorder for the last 10 months and only now got to the task of transcribing it) but very much worth reading: an interesting (and funny) Master Class with the great Frederica von Stade:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/915-A-Master-Class-with-Frederica-von-Stade-and-James-Meredith-at-UNC-Chapel-Hill

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
February 2nd, 2014, 11:29 PM
New article which contains a very interesting conversation with period orchestra conductor Harry Bicket, the director of The English Concert (the oldest such band) and recently named the Chief Conductor at Santa Fe Opera. Not an Opera Lively exclusive, but we did participate in the conversation. The review of the performance follows, and a 75-minute in person interview with the great mezzo Sarah Connolly will be transcribed and published in the next few days.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/918-Conversation-with-Maestro-Bicket-and-review-of-his-Theodora-US-Tour-in-Chapel-Hill

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 8th, 2014, 04:16 AM
Another one not to be missed: our face-to-face interview with phenomenal mezzo Sarah Connolly, of Giulio Cesare fame:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/922-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Sarah-Connolly

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 16th, 2014, 04:45 PM
For the Wagnerians among us, these three singers have some interesting insights about the characters in The Flying Dutchman:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/923-Exclusive-Interviews-with-the-cast-of-Opera-Carolina-s-Dutchman

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 24th, 2014, 07:55 AM
Another exclusive interview with beautiful soprano Joyce El-Khoury who can really sing:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/925-Rusalka-at-NC-Opera-Exclusive-interview-with-Joyce-El-Khoury

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Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
May 15th, 2014, 12:50 AM
The compelling "rags to riches" story of handsome tenor Noah Stewart is depicted in this exclusive Opera Lively interview with the singer:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/927-Exclusive-Interview-with-Noah-Stewart-Opera-in-the-Pines-in-Cary-NC-on-May-17

Stay tuned for the charming interview with Olga Peretyatko which has already been transcribed and revised; should be up by the end of this weekend. Juan Diego Flórez's has been transcribed and is under revision; Isabel Leonard's has been completed but is yet to be transcribed; coming soon.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
May 18th, 2014, 06:52 PM
New interview with Olga Peretyatko:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/929-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Olga-Peretyatko

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
May 23rd, 2014, 02:40 AM
New Opera Lively in-person interview with Juan Diego Flórez:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/931-Exclusive-In-Person-Interview-with-Juan-Diego-Florez

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
June 2nd, 2014, 11:14 AM
New Opera Lively interview with Isabel Leonard:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/933-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Isabel-Leonard

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
September 7th, 2014, 11:11 PM
These interviews are of regional interest, but as usual, some of the regional artists do have interesting insights about characters and roles. Opera Lively is engaged in covering the upcoming Nabucco by Opera Carolina, and has published interesting interviews with Brenda Harrris (Abigaille), Gordon Hawkins (Nabucco), and Andrew Gagenstad (Zaccaria):

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/934-Nabucco-at-Opera-Carolina-Announcement-and-Interviews

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
October 2nd, 2014, 01:18 AM
We have a fabulous new Opera Lively interview with the outstanding bass-baritone Christopher Purves from London. This one is really interesting; some of his answers are great; he is eloquent and passionate.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/952-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Christopher-Purves

Ann Lander (sospiro)
October 2nd, 2014, 05:01 AM
We have a fabulous new Opera Lively interview with the outstanding bass-baritone Christopher Purves from London. This one is really interesting; some of his answers are great; he is eloquent and passionate.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/952-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Christopher-Purves

Excellent interview.

I'm a bit puzzled by the penultimate statement though. What does this mean?

OL - OK, that's what we had.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
October 2nd, 2014, 01:20 PM
Excellent interview.

I'm a bit puzzled by the penultimate statement though. What does this mean?

OL - OK, that's what we had.
That's what we had to ask, no more questions.

Ann Lander (sospiro)
October 2nd, 2014, 04:11 PM
That's what we had to ask, no more questions.

Aah. That explains it. I thought you were referring to his previous answer where he talked about his life outside opera and it seemed like you were saying that you knew that's what he was going to say because you had that information too.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
October 2nd, 2014, 05:45 PM
Aah. That explains it. I thought you were referring to his previous answer where he talked about his life outside opera and it seemed like you were saying that you knew that's what he was going to say because you had that information too.

Yes, it was poorly phrased. I changed it to "that was our last question." Thanks.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
October 31st, 2014, 01:26 AM
We have four new interviews with the cast of Piedmont Opera's Madama Butterfly:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/954-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Short-Interviews-with-the-cast-of-Piedmont-Opera-s-Madama-Butterfly

While you might think that these interviews are only of regional interest and we've all heard extensively about Madama Butterfly before, the singers do add interesting insights about their characters.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
November 1st, 2014, 06:53 PM
We have a new Opera Lively exclusive interview with beautiful soprano Sarah Jane McMahon on the front page, addressing Poulenc's masterpiece Dialogues of the Carmelites. She has a very nice voice and gave us interesting answers. The interview contains interesting video clips, including her singing with Plácido Domingo.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/959-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Sarah-Jane-McMahon

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Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
November 7th, 2014, 06:28 PM
While we were disappointed that the announced interview with Ian Bostridge did not materialize (the singer cancelled literally at the last minute claiming a nasty cold and the need to rest the voice to be able to perform the next day), we've completed the interview with Italian baritone Massimo Cavalletti who was recently at the Met and has been in high demand lately in the main European houses. This is a long interview (the longest to date with 2 hours and 28 minutes of tape) but very interesting.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/961-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Massimo-Cavalletti

Upcoming interviews include a second one with American mezzo Isabel Leonard, a second one with Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek, British countertenor Tim Mead, British stage director Katie Mitchell, British baritone Christopher Maltman, and American tenor Brandon Jovanovich. Stay tuned.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
November 7th, 2014, 08:24 PM
Oops, Massimo's interview was published without much proof-reading, due to the fatigue while transcribing this 2h28' interview, so there were lots of errors. Hopefully they've been ironed out, now.

PS - I've started keeping track of the sequence of interviews, and now all of them have numbers.

Massimo's above was Opera Lively's interview #144. Our roster of interviewees is becoming impressive, for an organization that is less than three years old. :happydance.2:

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
November 15th, 2014, 12:53 AM
Today a new interview with American soprano Alyson Cambridge was completed. This is a very interesting one. She gave us several compelling answers. She is very charming and personable and I really liked her. Stay tuned for this one, it is very nice. It will take a while to transcribe (long one, 1h18' and she talks fast so she packed a lot of material in her answers; and we are in the middle of a cluster of interviews and reviews) but eventually we'll publish it.

Unlike most artists, Alyson didn't mind us taking pictures for publication during the interview. Here she is, in the middle of our talk:

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Alyson Cambridge - photo credit Opera Lively

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
November 15th, 2014, 03:08 AM
We have a second exclusive Opera Lively interview with Isabel Leonard, on her recent Cherubino and upcoming Rosina for the Met:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/963-A-Second-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Isabel-Leonard

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
November 19th, 2014, 04:18 PM
We have a new (short) interview with British playwright Martin Crimp, who authored the text for George Benjamin's spectacular contemporary opera Written on Skin.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/965-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Martin-Crimp-playwright

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
November 24th, 2014, 05:28 AM
This is a great interview, folks. Countertenor Tim Mead:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/977-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Tim-Mead-countertenor

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 14th, 2014, 11:43 PM
Currently we have no fewer than *six* interviews recorded on digital voice recorder, but not yet transcribed - maybe the biggest backlog we've ever had. I'm badly behind and very busy with other matters so I'm having some trouble in terms of completing this work. My apologies to the readers and the artists.

So, in the next few weeks you guys will be treated to a number of interesting interviews, but bear with me while I slowly work my way through the backlog.

1. Brandon Jovanovich, in person
2. Christopher Maltman, in person - a very interesting one
3. Eva-Maria Westbroek, in person
4. Joélle Harvey, in person
5. René Barbera, via Skype
6. Paul Appleby, via Skype - also a very interesting one

All six above are good; it's just that Chris' and Paul's are even better.

In addition to the above 6, an interview with Alyson Cambridge has been entirely transcribed and sent to the singer for approval, some ten days ago; but quoting a very busy schedule, she has only returned one fourth of the text with her corrections and approval so the other three fourths are still pending.

Also, Katie Mitchell, the British stage director, accepted an interview via email questionnaire which has been sent to her, but after three reminders sent to her agent (who replied each time apologizing for the delay), the answers are not back yet. This is pending for about one month and a half and by now I'm starting to lose hope that we'll get these answers, but one never knows.

In any case, the next few weeks we will see 7 new interviews on the Home page of Opera Lively (maybe 8 if Katie Mitchell replies); stay tuned, particularly for Chris Maltman's and Paul Appleby's!

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 10th, 2015, 09:10 PM
Our new (second) interview with American tenor René Barbera has been preliminarily published with our review thread of his La Fille du Régiment. Read it [here (http://operalively.com/forums/showthread.php/2347-La-Fille-du-R%C3%A9giment-at-Greensboro-Opera?p=44363&viewfull=1#post44363)].

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 15th, 2015, 04:58 AM
The interview with lovely Alyson Cambridge has been completed and published in full (before we only had a fragment of it).
It is really nice.
Read it here: http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/971-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Alyson-Cambridge

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 18th, 2015, 02:07 AM
We got a lovely new interview with this young and rising talented American singer, Joélle Harvey:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/982-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Jo%C3%A9lle-Harvey

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 19th, 2015, 04:11 AM
We have a new exclusive interview with the great Dutch spinto soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek. It is very entertaining, in a conversational tone. Not to be missed!

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/975-The-Exclusive-%28and-second%29-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Eva-Maria-Westbroek

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 23rd, 2015, 05:56 AM
New interview with Brandon Jovanovich, American tenor. Rather interesting.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/973-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Brandon-Jovanovich

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 24th, 2015, 05:25 AM
New interview, relatively brief (11 questions only but rather interesting for those who know and love this opera) with British stage director Katie Mitchell, about her work on George Benjamin's masterpiece Written on Skin (this will be part of our upcoming volume 2 of the Opera Lively Guides series, on this same opera):

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/989-Brief-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Stage-Director-Katie-Mitchell

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
February 1st, 2015, 07:05 PM
This interview is very interesting and will especially please some of our lady friends here, with the handsome baritone Chris Maltman:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/974-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Christopher-Maltman

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Clayton
February 1st, 2015, 09:50 PM
This is another really intelligent interview with another very attractive (even to the lesser sex) superstar. Thank you captain.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
February 3rd, 2015, 04:34 AM
This interview in my opinion is extremely interesting; one of the best of the year. Paul Appleby (our second one with him). It address extensively his roles in the Met productions of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Two Boys, and The Rake's Progress. Enjoy!
http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/984-The-Second-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Paul-Appleby

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 12th, 2015, 12:42 AM
Our interview with Roberto Alagna has been published in French. In a few days, an English translation will be available on the Home page. For now, those among us who speak French can already enjoy this very interesting interview:

http://operalively.com/forums/showthread.php/2406-Entretien-Exclusif-avec-Roberto-Alagna?p=46049#post46049

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 27th, 2015, 07:38 PM
The very much anticipated exclusive Opera Lively interview with the great mezzo Elina Garanca has been published! She is charming and fascinating!

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/998-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Elina-Garanca

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 29th, 2015, 04:04 AM
Our partners Opera Carolina are about to present a Lucia di Lammermoor that is looking rather good. The title role is staffed by a truly fabulous young soprano for whom I anticipate a great career, Kathryn Lewek; her timbre of voice and technique are superb. Her interview can be found by following the link below, and it is rather charming, and of interest that reaches beyond the regional show that is being covered. Click on the video clips provided inside the interview article to confirm what I'm saying about her voice.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1008-Lucia-di-Lammermoor-at-Opera-Carolina-announcement-and-interview-with-soprano-Kathryn-Lewek

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 1st, 2015, 04:04 AM
There is another interview partially published in the Local Area, North Carolina: tenor Zach Borichevsky, singing Edgardo in Opera Carolina's Lucia. He has some interesting views on Edgardo! 20 minutes of the interview are up. There are 31 more minutes still being processed, about other operas and roles. I encourage you all to go back to this page and read the entire thing once it's up (hopefully within the next five days) because Zach is an intelligent man with a Political Sciences degree in addition to his music degrees, and he has very interesting things to say about the roles. For now, enjoy his take on Edgardo and Lucia di Lammermoor.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1009-Lucia-di-Lammermoor-at-Opera-Carolina-interview-with-Zach-Borichevsky-%28Edgardo%29

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 17th, 2015, 01:53 AM
Our very interesting exclusive interview with Roberto Alagna has now been published in English:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/997-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Roberto-Alagna

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 21st, 2015, 01:06 AM
Our interview with Peter Mattei is up - this one is pretty spectacular!

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1001-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Peter-Mattei

Vlad
April 21st, 2015, 02:06 PM
Fantastic, Luiz, fantastic! I'm learning so much.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
May 9th, 2015, 05:56 PM
New interview with the intelligent German dramatic soprano Nadja Michael, the recent Judith in the Met's Bluebeard Castle, with many insights about this opera and about the title role in Salome, one of her favorite roles:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1000-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Nadja-Michael

Ann Lander (sospiro)
May 10th, 2015, 06:02 AM
Interesting interview. I was hoping to see her in Macbeth in Amsterdam in April but she cancelled and her replacement wasn't very good.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
May 10th, 2015, 06:27 AM
Interesting interview. I was hoping to see her in Macbeth in Amsterdam in April but she cancelled and her replacement wasn't very good.

Oh, she cancelled? Then, I have to correct the article since I did quote it as a recent performance. Thanks for telling me. Oh wait, did she cancel all shows or just some of them?

Ann Lander (sospiro)
May 10th, 2015, 06:35 AM
Oh, she cancelled? Then, I have to correct the article since I did quote it as a recent performance. Thanks for telling me. Oh wait, did she cancel all shows or just some of them?

Sorry but I don't know. She cancelled the first three performances but I don't know about the others.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
June 19th, 2015, 04:07 PM
Part One of our long interview with Ailyn Pérez has finally been published. Her insights about Micaëla and Carmen are quite amazing.

Hopefully she will edit and approve Part Two at some point, but after waiting for it for a long time, I'm no longer sure if she'll find the time to do that, so I'm at least publishing Part One. Regardless, Part One is very interesting, and as lengthy as one of our regular interviews.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/999-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Ailyn-P%C3%A9rez

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
August 15th, 2015, 07:09 PM
Our new partner Greensboro Opera is presenting La Cenerentola in two weeks. We are interviewing artists. The first interview, with tenor Andrew Owens, is ready:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1010-Cenerentola-at-Greensboro-Opera-Interview-with-Andrew-Owens-%28Ramiro%29

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
August 16th, 2015, 07:56 AM
Here is the second interview with a cast member of Greensboro Opera's Cenerentola: Donald Hartmann in the role of Don Magnifico:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1012-Cenerentola-at-Greensboro-Opera-Interview-with-Donald-Hartmann-%28Don-Magnifico%29

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
August 18th, 2015, 06:02 AM
Third interview with Greensboro Opera's cast member for Cenerentola:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1013-Cenerentola-at-Greensboro-Opera-Interview-with-Sidney-Outlaw-%28Dandini%29

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
August 20th, 2015, 05:02 AM
The fourth interview for our new partners Greensboro Opera's La Cenerentola is in: mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy in the title role.

This interview goes beyond the regional interest since Ms. Eddy says some interesting things about this role and others. She has had great success as Poppea with Opera North in England, and numerous roles at the Met.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1013-Cenerentola-at-Greensboro-Opera-Interview-with-Sidney-Outlaw-%28Dandini%29

And it doesn't hurt that she looks lovely! :excitement:

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Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
August 23rd, 2015, 12:02 AM
The fifth and final interview we did for our new partners Greensboro Opera is in, with Artistic Director of the company, and Stage Director for the upcoming Cenerentola (opening on Friday August 28 at 8 PM), David Holley.

This is Opera Lively interview # 180 - we are getting close to the 200 mark!

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1015-Cenerentola-at-Greensboro-Opera-Interview-with-David-Holley-%28Stage-Director%29

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
September 7th, 2015, 06:39 PM
Our new interview with charming soprano Layla Claire is ready. She was Anne Trulove in the Met's The Rake's Progress.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1018-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Layla-Claire

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
September 19th, 2015, 02:07 AM
OL interview #181 is ready: a short but interesting interview with bass Andrew Funk who is singing Rocco in Opera Carolina's Fidelio:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1021-Fidelio-at-Opera-Carolina-Interview-with-Andrew-Funk-%28Rocco%29

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
September 24th, 2015, 05:57 PM
Continuing our coverage for Opera Carolina's Fidelio, here is the second interview, with soprano Maria Katzarava (Leonore):

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1023-Fidelio-at-Opera-Carolina-Interview-with-Maria-Katzarava-%28Leonore%29

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
September 26th, 2015, 10:19 PM
Our third Fidelio interview is with lovely Xu Lei, and her answers are very interesting, going beyond the regional interest of those who can attend this Opera Carolina production.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1024-Fidelio-at-Opera-Carolina-Interview-with-Xu-Lei-%28Marzelline%29

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Photo Credit Dario Acosta - fair promotional use

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
September 27th, 2015, 06:55 AM
Our fourth Fidelio interview, with Andrew Richards, who has some very insightful observations about this role and his interpretations of Parsifal.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1025-Fidelio-at-Opera-Carolina-Interview-with-Andrew-Richards-%28Florestan%29

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Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
September 28th, 2015, 11:29 AM
The fifth and last Fidelio interview is in, and it is a great one! I really liked it. Kyle Pfortmiller in his second Opera Lively interview had great answers!

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1026-Fidelio-at-Opera-Carolina-Interview-with-Kyle-Pfortmiller-%28Pizarro%29

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
October 1st, 2015, 03:52 AM
Lovely and informative interviews with the cast of Rigoletto at Piedmont Opera - these interviews are of interest beyond the regional public, since the artists do add interesting insights to these beloved roles.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1027-Rigoletto-at-Piedmont-Opera-Interviews-With-the-Cast

Featured, Robert Overman in the title role, Amy Maples as Gilda, and Brian Banion as Sparafucile. At a later date we'll add the interviews with René Barbera as the Duke, and Kristin Schwecke as both Maddalena and Countess Ceprano.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 13th, 2016, 02:51 AM
New exclusive Opera Lively interview with tenor Jonathan Boyd who will be singing Roméo for Opera Carolina in two weeks has been published in our Local/USA/North Carolina page. Some of the answers go beyond the regional interest (I particularly liked what he said comparing Tom Rakewell and Roméo, and his words about the "challenge" of contemporary opera).

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1031-Rom%E9o-et-Juliette-at-Opera-Carolina-interview-with-Jonathan-Boyd-%28Rom%E9o%29

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 22nd, 2016, 02:25 PM
New interview with coloratura soprano Marie-Eve Munger, quite interesting:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1032-Interview-with-Marie-Eve-Munger-singing-Juliette-for-Opera-Carolina

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
February 1st, 2016, 12:09 AM
Our very delayed interview with soprano Heidi Stober is finally in (done in May 2015 but got into the back burner; I'm catching up with that old work; still four more to go before I start asking for new interviews). Meanwhile, enjoy it; I find it quite nice.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1034-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Heidi-Stober

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 13th, 2016, 06:59 PM
This is a *very* interesting interview with a composer. We'll learn some insight about the opera recording world. Don't miss it!

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1036-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-composer-Mark-Abel

I passed this one ahead of three others I'm transcribing, to make it timely because Mark Abel's opera has been released on CD on March 11, 2016.

Hoffmann
March 14th, 2016, 02:36 PM
This is a *very* interesting interview with a composer. We'll learn some insight about the opera recording world. Don't miss it!

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1036-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-composer-Mark-Abel

I passed this one ahead of three others I'm transcribing, to make it timely because Mark Abel's opera has been released on CD on March 11, 2016.

Thanks, Luiz, for this very interesting interview. Mr. Abel really does approach his opera composing from a very different perspective than better known "professional" composers. I very much enjoyed the clips - I thought they were of a high standard and really enjoyed his soloists. I've even been to Morro Bay and sat in a restaurant on the water - overlooking that famous rock.

I appreciated Mr. Abel's comments about his taste for modern opera being mostly focused on compositions from the first half of the 20th c, and his finding operas in the 2nd half not as successful. I agree with his observation and would guess it has something to do with the earlier composers being more fully grounded in traditional music theory and therefore being more successful in developing on its strengths. It reminds me of an exhibit I once saw of the early drawings of Jackson Pollack - who was a student of Thomas Hart Benton, a self-declared "enemy of modernism". Pollack, it turns out, was well grounded in anatomy, perspective and other elements found in traditional painting. It may be that this foundation is behind why his abstract expressionist drip paintings are so compelling.

Anyway, I continue to think there must be some way to find some kind of balance between the forces of contemporary music and the traditional repertory. The traditional repertory must have more going for it than a just a determined group of rapidly aging rich people holding on for dear life.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 15th, 2016, 11:31 AM
A second Opera Lively interview with charming soprano Elizabeth Caballero, about to sing both Nedda and Zemfira in Opera Carolina's double bill of Pagliacci and Aleko:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1037-Interview-with-Elizabeth-Caballero-singing-Nedda-and-Zemfira-for-Opera-Carolina

Povero Buoso
March 15th, 2016, 01:16 PM
A second Opera Lively interview with charming soprano Elizabeth Caballero, about to sing both Nedda and Zemfira in Opera Carolina's double bill of Pagliacci and Aleko:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1037-Interview-with-Elizabeth-Caballero-singing-Nedda-and-Zemfira-for-Opera-Carolina

Thank you for this interview. I confess my lack of familiarity with Aleko though I had heard that Rachmaninoff in his youth turned out several operas. The comments on Pagliacci intrigued me (it has my preference over Cavalleria Rusticana). I am inclined to agree with Ms Caballero on the character of Tonio a truly despicable villain in opera terms and one who wins completely by the end of the Opera which even Scarpia fails to do. I agree somewhat that Nedda is not a wholly bad person or Canio for that matter. I personally believe that they are very realistic characters who both show very human flaws and Leoncavallo should be commended on his libretto for I Pagliacci which is very almost as good as his music for the opera which itself is superb and memorable. A very interesting interview with great insights on the opera(s)

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 15th, 2016, 01:29 PM
At Hoffman and Povero Buoso - thank you for your comments. You might want to copy and paste your comments to the Comments section of the interview. They'd add to the interest for the piece, and would be read by more people who consulted that page coming from the link that Opera Carolina will publish. Over here in this thread, mostly only our members will read the comments, so if we get in the habit of making comments right there where the interview article provides a space for them, it makes the interaction more... lively!

At Hoffmann - I knew you'd love Mr. Abel's comment on the operas from the second half of the 20th century and beyond not topping the ones from the first half... and of course I'll have to respectfully disagree with Mr. Abel on this, like he himself acknowledged... given that I do feel that operas like Written on Skin and L'Amour de Loin are fully competitive with the pre-WWII operas (which are also great, of course), not to forget the exquisite operas by someone like Phillip Glass.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 20th, 2016, 05:11 AM
Another interview for the upcoming Opera Carolina Pagliacci, with tenor Jeff Gwaltney, singing Canio

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1038-Interview-with-Jeffrey-Gwaltney-singing-Canio-for-Opera-Carolina

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 20th, 2016, 02:10 PM
This is the last of our interviews for Opera Carolina's Pagliacci and Aleko. Glad to know that opera in Russia is doing well, from one of Alexey Lavrov's answers

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1039-Interview-with-Alexey-Lavrov-singing-Silvio-and-Aleko-for-Opera-Carolina

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 22nd, 2016, 05:05 PM
Here is the interesting and long overdue interview with Chinese soprano Qian Yi who is a big operatic star in China:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1041-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-interview-with-Chinese-soprano-Qian-Yi

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Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 23rd, 2016, 07:19 PM
Finally, Vivica Genaux's gorgeous second exclusive interview with Opera Lively from last summer got transcribed and approved by the singer. This is a must-read one for Baroque lovers. It is very informative.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1042-Second-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Vivica-Genaux

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 27th, 2016, 02:57 AM
This is one of our most interesting interviews to date, in my opinion, with contemporary composer Huang Ruo, who composed four operas, among them the very successful Dr. Sun Yat-sen, and Paradise Interrupted. A must-read one!

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1044-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-composer-Huang-Ruo

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 1st, 2016, 02:15 PM
Brace for this one, folks. It is not for nothing that this is our 200th interview, yay!

Brazil's biggest opera name, Maestro Luiz Fernando Malheiro, granted us a fascinating interview, one of the best ever. Wagnerians will love his long descriptions of how he was able to pull off the first staging of the Ring cycle at Teatro Amazonas, in the middle of the Brazilian jungle. He also talks at length about so-called popular operas versus repertory such as Berg and Wagner, about the dangers of operatic training, and shares with us 35 years of career leading the operatic scene in Brazil, with very interesting insights about the past and the present of the art form in that South American country.

This is a must-read interview for all opera lovers, and one of our best to date - a fitting 200th one!

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The Ring in the jungle

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1051-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Brazilian-Maestro-Luiz-Fernando-Malheiro

His faithful right-hand, producer and stage director Paulo Esper, also granted us an interview that supplements the maestro's, adding more information about the operatic environment in Brazil and in South America (we learn more about Argentina, Chile, and Peru as well).

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1052-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Paulo-Esper-Brazilian-director-and-producer

Enjoy!

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 8th, 2016, 04:05 AM
Out interview #201 is in - American baritone Scott Hendricks - known for his Król Roger DVD, and recently in an opera that apparently is something to behold - Die Hamletmaschine (read about it in the interview):

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1056-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Scott-Hendricks

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
August 4th, 2016, 01:46 AM
Our interview # 202 is with the charming mezzo Kate Lindsey

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1061-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Kate-Lindsey

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Photo Dario Acosta

This is our first Aix-en-Provence interview. Many more to follow.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
August 10th, 2016, 02:00 AM
Our interview #203 is with the great Barbara Hannigan, the phenomenal interpreter of contemporary music (and also Baroque, Classical... and she conducts as well). This is our second exclusive interview with Barbara, and it is very enjoyable, in the format of an informal chat, addressing her spectacular performance as Mélisande at Aix-en-Provence.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1062-Our-second-exclusive-interview-with-Barbara-Hannigan

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
August 28th, 2016, 08:26 PM
Another interview from Aix got ready; the one with the very intelligent bass-baritone Laurent Naouri.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1064-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Laurent-Naouri

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
September 7th, 2016, 01:29 AM
Charming in-person interview with young German soprano Nadja Mchantaf, who sang very well the title role of Cendrillon at Komische Oper Berlin:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1066-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Nadja-Mchantaf

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Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
October 7th, 2016, 11:19 PM
Our coverage for Opera Carolina's Barber has already two interviews; a third one is coming soon.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1067-The-Barber-of-Seville-at-Opera-Carolina-Interviews-with-the-artists

There are some interesting insights that escape the merely regional appeal. I'd encourage people to read these short but dense interviews (six questions for each singer).

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
October 9th, 2016, 08:23 PM
Another interview of the Aix-en-Provence cycle got published: baritone Stéphane Degout.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1069-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-St%C3%A9phane-Degout

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
November 13th, 2016, 04:31 PM
I've been processing the Aix-en-Provence interviews very slowly. Quite a shame. And there's still three more from Germany. Today I finished the interview with the great Baroque conductor Emmanuelle Haïm. The site was noisy and there are a few spots where I couldn't get what she was saying from the recording so I need her input (which she graciously promised to provide). Therefore, I just emailed the transcript to her; fingers crossed that she'll reply soon; I quite like this interview.

Next there is a long, long one (more than one hour) with the great French singer Sandrine Piau, and it is all in French, which makes the transcription slower (I still speak good and fluent French but 24 years after I left Paris - where I did my PhD - I'm rusty regarding written French with all the grammar and spelling rules), then I'll have to submit to her what I hope will be a decent French text, and after she corrects it, will still have to translate it into English. It will be hours of work.

Then there is a very interesting one with Bernard Foccroulle, the outgoing intendant of the Festival, who fortunately speaks very good and clear English. It's long and dense, though.

Last, there is a report of the Q&A session with the young lady who sang the Beauty leading character in Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, which will also be hard to transcribe. I was in the middle of the audience and couldn't understand some parts of her answers which had some local, insider points. I'll see what I'll make of it. It's all in French as well.

Then, there are three more interviews in Berlin (two others have been published). One of them, with conductor David Robert Coleman, is fascinating but also I expect it will be very hard to transcribe since he talked extensively about advanced musical concepts and quoted a number of people - I need to get all the spelling right, etc. Another one, with singer Otto Katzameier, is very long (and also very interesting); finally there is a shorter and easier one with the famous Jürgen Flimm, the Berliner Staatsoper's intendant.

I froze all my American interviewing because of this incomplete European work. I've been twice to the Met without requesting any interview. Lost opportunities... I need to finish this work. I do not want to engage in new work before finishing it, so there is a moratorium in any new interviews in America, except the ones I must do for our partner opera companies.

Hopefully in the next couple of months I'll get this done. I hope to finish before my next trip to the Met which is in January. I'll be with family there (my daughter, my son-in-law are coming and eager to do lots of other things in New York so I'll be attending only one opera - Roméo et Juliette - but I'll see if I get at least one interview to go with the review).

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
February 25th, 2017, 03:32 PM
Here is the very nice interview with the great conductor Emmanuelle Haïm, a treat for Baroque lovers:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1072-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Emmanuelle-Haim

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 18th, 2017, 07:28 PM
Ann Lander produced a fabulous interview with Nicolas Mansfield, general manager and artistic director of Nederlandse Reisopera; not to be missed!

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1074-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Nicolas-Mansfield

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 22nd, 2017, 02:34 PM
La Fanciulla del West at Opera Carolina generated three interviews, a longer one with Marcello Giordani and two mini-ones with the other two principals.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1075-La-Fanciulla-del-West-at-Opera-Carolina-interviews

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
September 23rd, 2017, 02:12 PM
We are starting to publish the short interviews for Piedmont Opera's Silent Night, the gorgeous American contemporary opera by Kevin Puts that won the Pulitzer Prize. The first one is in, with baritone Gabriel Preisser, and it is very interesting.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1078-Exclusive-Interviews-with-Piedmont-Opera-s-Silent-Night-artists

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
October 15th, 2017, 03:13 PM
Our second Silent Night interview for Piedmont Opera is with tenor Kirg Dougherty. This interview is way more interesting and important than one done simply for the local environment of this opera company in North Carolina. Kirk is very erudite and his take on contemporary opera is something that all opera lovers will enjoy. Not to be missed! The link is the same above; just scroll down for Kirk's interview.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1078-Exclusive-Interviews-with-Piedmont-Opera-s-Silent-Night-artists

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
November 4th, 2017, 03:01 AM
Cyrano, a contemporary opera by Italian-American composer David DiChiera (with a French libretto by Bernard Uzan) is being given this weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina. We interviewed the three principal singers (mini-interviews) and the composer (a longer one). It's always interesting to speak with a composer, so don't miss this one (all four interviews are in the same article, which also contains a video clip of a beautiful and melodious piece by Dr. DiChiera):

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1081-Cyrano-at-Opera-Carolina

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
November 22nd, 2017, 07:58 PM
A new exclusive Opera Lively interview has been published, with British conductor and composer David Robert Coleman - it's a must read for lovers of contemporary music and opera, but can be enjoyed as well by any other opera lover.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1083-Exclusive-Interview-with-David-Robert-Coleman-conductor-and-composer

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
November 23rd, 2017, 08:50 PM
And now we released the long overdue interview with a very important figure in the world of opera: Jürgen Flimm, the prestigious stage director who also directed, among others, the Salzburg Festival and the Berlin Staatsoper.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1085-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-J%FCrgen-Flimm

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 2nd, 2017, 02:28 AM
New and VERY interesting interview with German baritone Otto Katzameier, who is a great contemporary opera singer:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1087-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Otto-Katzameier

Hoffmann
December 2nd, 2017, 01:51 PM
New and VERY interesting interview with German baritone Otto Katzameier, who is a great contemporary opera singer:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1087-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Otto-Katzameier


Thanks, Luiz!

Reading the interview with Otto brought back memories of that fun afternoon and what an interesting, smart and very charming man he is.

For the record, we did change our plans and see Luci mie traditrici - and both of us enjoyed it. It was a quite intense and surprising opera as the musical vocabulary Sciarrino uses is so unique. We have tickets next summer for the Staatsoper's production of Ti Vedo Ti Sento Mi Perdo, and am looking forward to seeing Otto Katzameier sing again. Although they are modern operas - rather than contemporary operas - we also will be seeing Shreker's Die Gezeichneten and Shostakovich's The Nose next summer.

As an update, I am not yet a lover of contemporary opera. I am, however, more open to and gradually building an appreciation for its interesting musical vocabulary and dramatic intensity. I continue to believe that one has to see modern and contemporary opera to appreciate it - that it is less accessible as an audio experience than traditional opera.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 2nd, 2017, 02:45 PM
Thanks, Luiz!

Reading the interview with Otto brought back memories of that fun afternoon and what an interesting, smart and very charming man he is.

For the record, we did change our plans and see Luci mie traditrici - and both of us enjoyed it. It was a quite intense and surprising opera as the musical vocabulary Sciarrino uses is so unique. We have tickets next summer for the Staatsoper's production of
Ti Vedo Ti Sento Mi Perdo, and am looking forward to seeing Otto Katzameier sing again. Although they are modern operas - rather than contemporary operas - we also will be seeing Shreker's Die Gezeichneten and Shostakovich's The Nose next summer.

As an update, I am not yet a lover of contemporary opera. I am, however, more open to and gradually building an appreciation for its interesting musical vocabulary and dramatic intensity. I continue to believe that one has to see modern and contemporary opera to appreciate it - that it is less accessible as an audio experience than traditional opera.
Hi, Jim, yes, nice memories... I'd consider going back to Berlin to see the new Sciarrino as well; we'll see. I think you should post the above as a comment on the interview page, because it provides a nice supplement to say that Otto was actually successful in convincing you to come and see the opera, and it is nice that you and your companion liked it.

Hoffmann
December 2nd, 2017, 03:15 PM
Hi, Jim, yes, nice memories... I'd consider going back to Berlin to see the new Sciarrino as well; we'll see. I think you should post the above as a comment on the interview page, because it provides a nice supplement to say that Otto was actually successful in convincing you to come and see the opera, and it is nice that you and your companion liked it.

Ok, Done!

It would be great if you could come to Berlin and join us for the Sciarrino! Elisabeth would love to see you again, and asked about you last summer. Her new place is much closer to the hotel you stayed in last year - about 1 1/2 blocks - if you were to stay there again.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 2nd, 2017, 03:39 PM
Ok, Done!

It would be great if you could come to Berlin and join us for the Sciarrino! Elisabeth would love to see you again, and asked about you last summer. Her new place is much closer to the hotel you stayed in last year - about 1 1/2 blocks - if you were to stay there again.
Fantastic, I'll certainly think about it.

Jesus, I was so tired yesterday after spending several intensive hours transcribing this long and complex interview! For expediency, I remember that during the transcription there were typos and other mistakes and I just went ahead, not to waste time stopping the recording, and thinking "I'll correct them at the end." Then I forgot! The interview went live with a huge number of mistakes. I realized it this morning and took care of them, but I hope not many guests read this piece in its uncorrected state; if they did, they will have acquired a poor opinion of our standards...

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 2nd, 2017, 04:18 PM
Ok, Done!

It would be great if you could come to Berlin and join us for the Sciarrino! Elisabeth would love to see you again, and asked about you last summer. Her new place is much closer to the hotel you stayed in last year - about 1 1/2 blocks - if you were to stay there again.
For what day are your tickets for the new Sciarrino?

Hoffmann
December 2nd, 2017, 05:48 PM
For what day are your tickets for the new Sciarrino?

9 July for the Sciarrino - but 11 July is Die Gezeichneten at the Komische Oper and 12 July is L'Incoronazione di Poppea at the Staatsoper with Max Emanuel Cencic and Xavier Sabata. So...

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 2nd, 2017, 10:41 PM
This interview was done two and a half years ago but never published because the agent never got back to us with his input. Belatedly, I decided to publish it anyway, with an explanation of the reason for the delay. Tenor Stephen Costello.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1089-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Stephen-Costello

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 3rd, 2017, 02:55 PM
For the longest time I neglected my interviewing duties. One of the reasons is the jaded feeling of "been there done that" I've been experiencing already for a long time after 235 interviews (233 + the two still awaiting transcription; Opera Lively has 235 published interviews, counting my 233 and 2 by other staff members). Another reason is the fatigue; it's really, really hard work. The third and most important reason is that I hesitated in engaging in new work with several past work pieces pending conclusion, because it would add to the backlog.

So for the last year and a half (almost) I still had Berlin Staatsoper interviews pending, and had to finish up the Aix-en-Provence ones. So other than the work done for the partner companies (which included at least two with prestigious artists; Marcello Giordani and composer/opera administrator David DiChiera, which got published in the Local North Carolina area given that they were for Opera Carolina), I stopped soliciting interviews. I visited the Met a few times during this stretch, and missed several opportunities to talk with some amazing artists, for this very reason.

Now the Berlin ones have been published, and there are only two still pending from Aix, with Sandrine Piau, and Bernard Foccroulle. I neglected Sandrine's because it was conducted in French so it's more work (transcribing, then translating), and Bernard Foccroulle's is a complex, non-exclusive one (it was a small press conference in his office with Opera Lively represented by me, but also three other press organizations).

But now, optimistic that my push to complete (which resulted in four old interviews seeing the light of day, lately), I finally solicited a new one.

It feels good to be somewhat of a buddy with Roberto Alagna... we have each other's cell phone numbers and have exchanged text messages. So since I'll be watching his wife's performance at the Met on January 25th, I text-messaged Roberto yesterday and asked him to transmit to her my request for an interview. She immediately said yes, and it's been scheduled for January 23rd; so I'll be interviewing the lovely Aleksandra Kurzak.

I kind of want to finish the Piau and Foccroulle ones before I solicit more... but it feels good to have finally moved ahead from this long hiatus and have solicited a new one, with a positive answer. If I conclude the two pending ones relatively soon, I'll consider more interviews at the Met in January.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 4th, 2017, 09:33 PM
Very, very important interview with Bernard Foccroulle, the Artistic Director of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and former director of La Monnaie in Brussels. It's a mini-press conference with Opera Lively and three other journalistic organizations but the majority of his words came in response to Opera Lively's questions so I'm kind of still calling it an interview (although not exclusive). A must-read; he is a very intelligent and articulate man with interesting views on how to keep opera alive. I think it's one of the best pieces we've ever published.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1091-A-Press-Conference-with-Bernard-Foccroulle-for-Opera-Lively-and-others

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 10th, 2017, 05:48 PM
Another interview from the belated Aix-en-Provence set got finally published and it is gorgeous. Sandrine Piau adds incredible insight into the psychological aspects of Così fan tutte and her character Despina. You'll never think of Despina the same way after reading this intelligent singer. A must read!

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1096-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Sandrine-Piau

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 14th, 2017, 02:19 AM
This is our very last - belated - piece for our coverage of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, finally published 17 months later. Whew!

Q&A session with French coloratura soprano Sabine Devieilhe

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1098-Questions-and-Answers-with-Sabine-Devieilhe

For the longest time I didn't accept new work because I didn't want to increase the backlog, which has finally been dealt with, so I'll little by little resume the new interviews; the next one will be recorded on January 23, with Aleksandra Kurzak.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 2nd, 2018, 01:42 AM
There are three new interviews (soon, a fourth one with our Rosina will be edited in when it gets available) with singers who will perform The Barber of Seville for one of our partner companies, Greensboro Opera. It's a good cast and some answers go beyond the regional interest.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1099-The-Barber-of-Seville-at-Greensboro-Opera-Interviews-with-the-Artists

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 9th, 2018, 11:39 AM
The link above now includes an interview with rising star Cecelia Hall (our Rosina), who, from her native of North Carolina, is now getting a lot of traction in her young career, making the cover of Opera News and singing in Aix-en-Provence and the Bavarian State Opera, as well as Frankfurt. She is articulate and intelligent.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 18th, 2018, 11:56 PM
Interviews with the cast for Opera Carolina's Rigoletto; the middle one with Annoshah is particularly interesting and goes beyond the regional interest:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1101-Rigoletto-at-Opera-Carolina-Interviews-with-the-Artists

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 25th, 2018, 10:26 PM
Very interesting interview with outspoken, intelligent, and charming soprano Aleksandra Kurzak:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1103-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Aleksandra-Kurzak

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Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 28th, 2018, 05:00 PM
This is our second interview with Roberto Alagna, this time a mini-interview with about ten questions focused on Cav/Pag:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1104-Our-Second-Exclusive-Mini-Interview-with-Roberto-Alagna

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 29th, 2018, 03:42 AM
Completing our batch of three interviews from our latest trip to New York, we have this latest one with baritone Željko Lučić, the excellent Scarpia in the Met's spectacular new production of Tosca:

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1106-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Zeljko-Lucic

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
February 14th, 2018, 05:34 AM
The beautiful Italian mezzo-soprano Leyla Martinucci is our 249th interviewee.

http://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1109-Interview-with-Leyla-Martinucci-Maddalena-in-Rigoletto-at-Opera-Carolina

Don't miss our next interview: it is with one of the greatest opera conductors of all time, Maestro Riccardo Muti. Coming soon.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
February 19th, 2018, 04:34 AM
Arguably Opera Lively's best interview to date is ready and can't be missed: Riccardo Muti, in my opinion the greatest opera conductor in activity in the world. This is a highly interesting and informative piece.

https://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1111-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Maestro-Riccardo-Muti

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Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 29th, 2018, 12:27 AM
This one is spectacular, my friends. The great contemporary composer Salvatore Sciarrino granted us a stupendous interview:

https://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1114-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-the-great-composer-Salvatore-Sciarrino

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Hoffmann
March 31st, 2018, 04:50 PM
This one is spectacular, my friends. The great contemporary composer Salvatore Sciarrino granted us a stupendous interview:

https://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1114-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-the-great-composer-Salvatore-Sciarrino

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Very interesting interview, Luiz. I didn't realize Sciarrino is self-taught.

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 1st, 2018, 01:34 AM
Very interesting interview, Luiz. I didn't realize Sciarrino is self-taught.
I can't wait to see Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo. I'm glad that we'll be going together. It seems like a very intriguing opera.

Hoffmann
April 1st, 2018, 01:45 PM
I can't wait to see Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo. I'm glad that we'll be going together. It seems like a very intriguing opera.

I'm looking forward to it as well - it will be great fun to see you, though it sounds like your Berlin schedule doesn't allow much time for relaxing. I will have to look and see if there are any interesting exhibitions scheduled this summer. My mornings likely will be occupied with German lessons again...

I'm also looking forward to experiencing the newly renovated Staatsoper, though admit that I will miss the (better located...) Schiller Theater and its 900 audience capacity.

Now, if Berlin can just get that new airport up and running!

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
April 3rd, 2018, 12:19 PM
We have a new interview with bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni. It's our second one with him:

https://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1115-The-Second-Opera-Lively-Exclusive-Interview-with-Luca-Pisaroni

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Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
July 20th, 2018, 03:11 AM
Our newest interview, part of our Central European coverage in the summer of 2018, is with the beautiful and charming French soprano Julie Fuchs, who was extraordinary as Poppea at Opernhaus Zürioch:

https://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1118-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Julie-Fuchs

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Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
July 28th, 2018, 05:31 PM
Our interview #254 is with the great Jonas Kaufmann:

https://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1120-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Jonas-Kaufmann

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Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
September 14th, 2018, 04:50 PM
New Opera Lively exclusive interview: Dominique Meyer, Intendant (General Director) of the Vienna State Opera.

https://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1122-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Dominique-Meyer

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Photo Wiener Staatsoper / Michael Pöhn, used with authorization

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
October 20th, 2018, 03:09 AM
New interview, with Ambrogio Maestri

https://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1124-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Ambrogio-Maestri

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Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 22nd, 2018, 08:11 PM
New Opera Lively interview, with the Intendant of Opernhaus Zürich, the prestigious stage director Andreas Homoki:

https://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1126-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Andreas-Homoki-Intendant-of-the-Zurich-Opera-House

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Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
January 22nd, 2019, 07:54 PM
Our brief review of the Metropolitan Opera's current revival of Carmen contains an exclusive mini-interview (16 minutes long) with Roberto Alagna (our third with him) and Aleksandra Kurzak (our second with her):

https://operalively.com/forums/showthread.php/3183-Carmen-at-the-Metropolitan-Opera-House-review-and-interviews-with-Alagna-and-Kurzak?p=67010&viewfull=1#post67010

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
February 7th, 2019, 12:38 AM
Here is our third exclusive interview with Isabel Leonard. I particularly like this interview for her advanced insights into Pélleas et Mélisande, one of my favorite operas. She also spoke about her latest CD which is great (I got it, and it is beautiful), two other roles in Marnie and Cold Mountain, and a couple of other personal and professional details. It's a great interview, Isabel is very intelligent.

https://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1128-A-Third-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-Isabel-Leonard

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Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
March 3rd, 2019, 11:58 AM
We interviewed the young tenor David Blalock, who is singing Nemorino for Piedmont Opera. His answers are quite interesting, not only for those with the local interest of being at driver distance from Winston-Salem, NC, were Piedmont Opera performs, but also for those who like this piece by Donizetti.

https://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1129-The-Elixir-of-Love-at-Piedmont-Opera-Interview-with-David-Blalock-(Nemorino)

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
October 17th, 2019, 12:25 AM
These four Opera Lively mini-interviews for Piedmont Opera's new production of Maria Stuarda which opens in two days on 10/18/19, have more than regional interest, especially due to Jodi Burns' passionate answers about her title character. Very insightful. Don't miss Jodi's answers!

https://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1131-Maria-Stuarda-at-Piedmont-Opera-in-Oct-2019-Announcement-and-Interviews

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
November 10th, 2019, 05:39 PM
This review contains a link to the two mini-interviews with the principal singers for Opera Carolina's new production of Macbeth (the show was beautiful!). Don't miss Mark Rucker's last answer, about how he was poached from American Football into singing; it's fascinating.

https://operalively.com/forums/showthread.php/3252-Macbeth-at-Opera-Carolina

Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva)
December 26th, 2019, 08:39 PM
We have a newly published interview on the Home page, which is not that new (it was done in July of 2018) but is very interesting, especially in regards to Baroque opera: Stéphanie d'Oustrac, a French mezzo I very much admire.

https://operalively.com/forums/content.php/1135-The-Exclusive-Opera-Lively-Interview-with-St%E9phanie-d-Oustrac